Join Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate Jake-ann Jones as she talks one-on-one with leading artists, thinkers, critics, and creators about arts and artists in the Black and Brown community and in society as a whole. A playwright, journalist, visual artist, and social justice activist, Jake and her guests will delve deeply into the power of art to uncover truths and drive change. The series will explore what it takes to be an artist, the role of the artist in building community, the importance of the artist in recovering and creating new stories, and why artists are important to the future of our world.
Jake-ann Jones also works under the name J.A. Jones and J.A. Morton (she, her, hers), is the 2022 Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate, and author of the Black Classic Press release SometimesFarmgirls Become Revolutionaries: Notes on Black Power, Politics, Depression, and the FBI. She works extensively with community organizations through the SOW Fund at Pinellas Community Foundation, is part of the team at PinellasDiasporaArtsProject, writes for The Weekly Challenger Newspaper in St. Petersburg, FL, and lives between Clearwater, FL, and Harlem,…… Read More
Choreographer and educator Jai Hinson is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Arts 4 Life Academy, located in Clearwater, FL. She has been engaged with cultural and performing arts for over 40 years and for nearly three decades years has shared her gifts and talents with the youth and families of the Tampa Bay Area. Jai has made working with youth her life’s mission. Ms. Hinson has performed with many renowned and internationally associated artists, choreographers and institutions,…… Read More
Ancestral Funk Inc is an artist emporium that allows artists to be who they were purposed to be. It was started in 2018 and was the brainchild of artist Siobhan Monique who believed that artists need an authentic space to be who they were destined to be! Its team consists of powerful, pioneering creatives, including Ashaanti Dey who is The Priestess of The PneuNaTionSanctuary Ministry — a silent temple for African Spiritual Systems and The Chieftess of The NuNation Estate…… Read More
Lorielle J. Hollaway is the founder of Cultured Books children’s bookstore and the Founding Director of the affiliated nonprofit Cultured Books Literacy Foundation. Lorielle’s professional career has centered upon informal literacy education, a passion that informs Cultured Books’core values to Cultivate Curiosity, Inspire Impact, be Dignity Driven, and be CommUNITYCommitted. Since Cultured Books Literacy Foundation’s inception in 2018, Lorielle, with the support of the CBLF board and passionate community collaborators, has brought books to life through family-centered programs like; Read…… Read More
Tiffany N. Moore is the CEO of Moore Eventful LLC (established in March of 2016), as well as a wife and mother of a son and daughter. Through Moore Eventful LLC she provides professional services designed to create the perfect foundation and management to memorable events. In 2018, she became the owner of her very own event space–Moore Eventful. This allowed Tiffany to open her creative mind to cater to the needs of the community by creating her own specialized…… Read More
A native Brooklynite, Sharlene Emmanuel Edwards wears many hats, all of which involve working with others in an incredibly uplifting way. Sharlene’s cultural view has been shaped not only by her more than 19 years’ experience in public health, education, community health and public speaking, but also by her strong Caribbean roots. She is currently CEO of My Better Living Health and Wellness, LCC; CEO of Power Plug Radio and Ent. Corp., and also the Executive Nursing Director of #Theburgcares…… Read More
Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can be difficult, Shundra Allison found out just how daunting entrepreneurship can be after leaving her corporate job to become a full-time entrepreneur. Today, Shundra is the owner and operator of Urban Drinkery Wine Bar, Co-Owner of Power Plug Radio and Entertainment Corp., Founder and CEO of #TheBurgCares non-profit organization and an active member of the Deuces Live Board of St. Petersburg. Shundra dedicates her time, energy, and social knowledge to uplifting the community around her…… Read More